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Annoying booting problems.

  1. #11

    OK, so at least it's known just one OS is listed. I have a few questions for you to answer as of now.

    1) Do you see a "Activate Windows" splash on the screen anywhere? It'll appear in the bottom right corner of your laptop and be stuck there permanently.
    2) Could you type "diskmgmt.msc" into the "Run" prompt and list the contents of that listbox? If you could take a screenshot, that'd be best. You can use the "Snipping Tool" in your start menu and click "New" on the tool to snip the window out. You can then save this file out to your PC and click the image icon in the new post editor to attach it for viewing.

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  2. #12

    Re. the actovate windows. I do have that, if I place my cursor above the back button - top left. And it is one of the pages which comes up when I log on.

    I'll see if I can do the rest of what you have asked and get back to you. Thanks so much for all this.

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  3. #13


    The activate windows watermark is a actually a symbol to indicate that Windows has not been activated (you did not provide a proof of purchase for Windows 8 at this time) and should be treated as such. If you were charged for such a service, you've likely been a victim of fraud (especially if you were charged anything less than retail of the operating system itself!) Your options to resolve that portion of the issue is to purchase a copy of Windows 8 or contact the person who installed your operating system; it may be honest mistake and they have a key for you! (This is usually not the case, sadly however... it's not uncommon for many, especially youth to install stolen software on serviced laptops).

    You have a few options in this matter. You can restore your laptop back to Vista if you choose; provided the lad who serviced your laptop had not wiped the recovery files while installing. Usually these are hidden from destruction, but not always. Alternatively, your manufacturer (Dell) can provide you with a restore disc usually for a minimal fee ($5 USD)

    If you choose to take this route, you can remain on Vista or upgrade back to windows 8 if you're keen on it for as low as $40 USD right now @ Buy Windows - Microsoft Windows

    Let me know about the 2nd question, as it determines recovery partition information as well.
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  4. #14

    I'd also like to note that if you require recovery discs, as of the beginning of this year many customers of Dell have been successful in retrieving restore discs for no fee running Windows 7. You can try contacting Dell by e-mail or phone and see if they are still shipping Vista discs. You can request one to be mailed to you for free if this still applies @
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  5. #15

    Hope this works for you, Helios.

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  6. #16


    If you had a recovery partition, it no longer exists. Recovery is not possible at this point without recovery media.

    If you'd like to purely solve your "home button" startup issue, you can try repairing your MBR by using this guide: How to Fix a Missing Master Boot Record in Windows 8 Using Automatic Repair - Yahoo! Voices -

    It's quite likely Windows Repair will fix your issue.
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  7. #17

    Thank you Helios. I might just put Vista back in, after I send all this stuff I've saved here, on to my desk top. At the moment I am bedridden, so have been forced to use this laptop.

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  8. #18

    I might just do the master boot thing. Will let you go now but will get back to you tomorrow, after I have a go at it. Thanks so much for all your help tonight.

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  9. #19

    I understand.

    If you need any further help, just leave a post here and I/and or another member will surely be glad to help you out!
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  10. #20

    Any respectable "Computer Guy" would have saved your files before installing a new OS. He/She would have also given you a genuine version and not the trial edition of said OS.
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